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ARE YOU READY FOR THIS YEAR’S

PODCAST MAKER WEEKEND?

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WHAT’S NEW?

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What is The Podcast Maker Weekend?

The Podcast Maker Weekend is a diverse series of podcasting workshops that runs alongside the London Podcast Festival. It features a range of sessions on the art, craft, technology, business and politics of podcasting, with sessions to suit beginners and experienced podcasters and audio makers alike. Our speakers come from the world of podcasting and broadcasting, including some of the biggest names in audio as well as independent makers and creators at independent production houses. Our sessions are diverse in topic and presenters, and affordable for attendees.

 

BEGINNER

Will be particularly useful if you’re new to the world of podcasting and just want to get started – covering technical, business and marketing aspects of getting a new show off the ground.

BUSINESS

Focus on growing the audience for your podcast, making a show on a budget, monetizing your podcast, or creating branded content.

HOW I MADE THIS

Features makers in a particular genre picking apart their shows – how they made them, and what you can learn.

STATE OF THE ART

Covers where podcasting is at in 2019, approaches to making work, and technical deep dives into creating innovative audio.

AUDIO FICTION

A dedicated cluster for the audio fiction makers out there, including tech, performance, and How I Made This sessions,

“Don’t bore people. Don’t worry too much about replicating someone else’s formula. Be original with the way you podcast.”

– James Schramko

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schedule of sessions

SATURDAY

SEPTEMBER 14,2019

Intro to podcasting

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

If you’ve got a great idea for a podcast, but need some help getting started, this is the session for you. A panel of three industry practitioners will walk you through your first tentative steps into the world of podcasting – how to come up with your idea and put it into action, what hardware you need to record, and what software you need to edit and sculpt your finished product.

This is a session not to be missed! We will end with a Q&A where you can get your podcasting questions answered by the panel.

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History Podcasts

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

How do history podcasts make their stories come alive for their listeners? Our exceptional panel of academics, podcasters and broadcasters share the process behind their popular shows, and offer tips on how you can make your nonfiction stories sparkle and shine.

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Podcasting on a shoestring

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Dave Pickering started making podcasts in 2008 with a DIY attitude and very little money. Since then he his work has been nominated for Sony Radio and Audio Production awards, won a British Podcast award, made a radio series for Cbeebies and been able to give up his day job and become a freelancer. Among many other podcasts he currently produces Made of Human for Sofie Hagen. In all that time he’s only ever bought one recording device and has never paid for audio software.

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Sound Design 101

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

The best stories need killer sound design, and killer sound design needs both a technician and a storyteller.

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Pitching PODCASTS TO COMMISSIONERS

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Three leading commissioners present a discussion on how to pitch your podcast. This panel discussion will cover a range of topics: from what these commissioners are looking for in their own slates, to how they think it’s best to approach the podcast industry as a creative professional. This panel is a must-see if you’re looking to get your show funded and raise the profile of your podcast operation.  

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Using anger to make podcasts

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

After a life-altering setback, Josh Rivers created Busy Being Black as a way of turning his anger, frustration and pain into an opportunity to heal and connect with a global community of queer Black people. The result is an audio experience full of meaning, hope and laughter that explores thriving at the messy intersections of our lives. Busy Being Black has been described as a “beautiful love letter to the queer Black community”, and in this session, Josh will be interviewed by award-winning filmmaker Campbell X about his journey into audio, finding his confidence after such a public setback and the transformative impact of learning that we are not alone in our anger. 

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Actual Play

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

For fans of role-playing games, improv and collaborative storytelling – join Ellie Sparrow (Flintlocks and Fireballs) and Maxamillian John (Pax Fortuna!, The Infinite Bad) as they discuss how they made their actual play podcasts and tips on how you can make your own.

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How to get your voice heard

Time : 2:00  – 3:00 PM

A discussion around representation in podcasting and how some of the UK’s biggest podcasters have created their own platforms to tell their own stories about their lived experiences that have transcended over to wider audiences. This session will give tangible tips on how to target and reach an underserved audience; how to build this audience and make it bigger and broader, and how to get your voice heard in what is becoming a vastly saturated podcast industry and media landscape.

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Before You Press record

Time : 2:00  – 3:00 PM

A discussion around representation in podcasting and how some of the UK’s biggest podcasters have created their own platforms to tell their own stories about their lived experiences that have transcended over to wider audiences. This session will give tangible tips on how to target and reach an underserved audience; how to build this audience and make it bigger and broader, and how to get your voice heard in what is becoming a vastly saturated podcast industry and media landscape.

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Untold Stories

Time : 2:00  – 3:00 PM

In this session, Morgan M Page (One From the Vaults) and Jason Reed (Stop and Search) will go through why and how they make their podcasts. Both shows focus on communities, histories and issues that don’t get widely (or well) represented in mainstream media. This session should be of interest to people involved in those issues and communities as well as to anyone thinking about how to explore and represent untold stories in an audio form.

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SUNDAY

SEPTEMBER 15,2019

Marketing

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

In this session, Christina Moore will offer marketing tips you can implement on any budget.

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MUSIC and PODCASTing

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

A deep dive into Music Podcasts, exploring the legality of using music in your podcast, getting permission from rights holders, the future of music licensing and podcasting, developing relationships with musicians and pluggers, and getting the most out of interviewing musicians. Will feature presentation from Chris and Sia then there will be an opportunity for a Q&A at the end of the session.

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AUDIO FICTION

Time : 10:00 – 11:00 AM

In the DIY world of independent audio fiction, there is no one right way to make a podcast. From ensemble cast dramas recorded in studio with live foley, to setups made entirely at home on the cheap with things like remote recording and sound effect libraries, our panellists are here to give you the swiss army knife of creative skills you need to get started on making your dream a reality.

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Monetising Your Podcast

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

One of the most frequently asked questions podcasters ask are ‘how can I monetise my podcasts?’ or ‘where can this podcast take me?’ Both Iszi and Kobi can take you through the direct and indirect methods of making money from your show.

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Podcasting For Kids

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Host of the Comedy Club 4 Kids Radio Nonsense podcast, comedian Tiernan Douieb will tell you all about the ins and outs of making a show for children, how to engage them with a format that isn’t really all that designed for smaller ears and most importantly, how to convince parents to get their children listening and persuade them they’ll enjoy it too.

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Passion Podcasts and Fan Shows

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

In this session Suzy, Louise and Sam will explore how to channel your passion into a podcast and connect your show with an audience of like-minded people.

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Sound designing imaginary worlds

Time : 12:00 – 1:00 PM

How do you create the sound of something that doesn’t exist? Creative sound design is a skill and an art that’s not only relevant to creators of audio fiction. From podcasts about the near and far future, to charting historical events, genre fiction and pop cultural events, producers are often called upon to make the impossible. 

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Dashingly Quirky Voices

Time : 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Two wonderful original audio fiction scripts will be chosen from many submitted for this competition, and performed live for your delectation and delight. Audience can enjoy – and perhaps even join in with – live foley, and might even help create a variety of places and crowds, followed by a handy and informative Q & A session, delving into how to make audio fiction in a variety of ways.

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Branded Content

Time : 2:00 – 3:00 PM

In this session Ruth Barnes and Laura Sheeter will look at how to walk the line between branded content that delivers what your client is after but also sings creatively.

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HOW IT ALL STARTED

The Podcast Maker Weekend was started in 2017 by Martin Zaltz Austwick, with support from Zoë Jeyes and the London Podcast Festival team.

In 2019, it was run by a team of volunteers: Martin Zaltz Austwick, Leanne Alie, Elizabeth Campbell, Iszi Lawrence, Euan McAleece, Kobi Omenaka, Dave Pickering and Ella Watts. Thanks to them for giving their time, and also to Matt Hill, Zoë Jeyes and the London Podcast Festival team.

And last but not least, thanks to all our speakers!